It's just after 4 a.m. Thursday morning here in New Zealand, and I am supposed to write because I have a 16 June deadline for four stories for Interspecies: Volume 2. And yet I am not writing. My thoughts are rampant and noisy and I can't seem to quieten them. In truth, I find myself … Continue reading Bundled Emotions
Earlier this evening I received an email from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand that my novella, "Babylon's Song" is a finalist for the 2017 Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Novella/Novelette. Voting will occur at Lexicon, 2-4 June 2017 in Taupo, New Zealand. You can find more details about the convention … Continue reading Babylon’s Song on Final Ballot for 2017 Sir Julius Vogel Award!
As mentioned in an earlier post, I'm at a crossroads again with my blog. I'm still happy with the exterior but the interior, the posts, I think, have reached a plateau in terms of excitement. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy posting "#Art of Fantasy" and I'm not planning to stop anytime soon. Staying with this … Continue reading Blogging and Writing and Polling
I'm in the midst of editing a fantasy short story I'm submitting to Beneath Ceaseless Skies. I'm behind on schedule already. Right now it's sitting at 30k words and I'm in the process of cutting it down to 11k, which is the maximum allowed for submission to the magazine. I'm also in the process of … Continue reading Writing Update for 2017
Every now and again I share some writerly advice from other more successful writers here. As a writer, I believe we never stop learning and this is my way of having you along with me as I nurture my own limited skill and attempt to sway Lady Luck to cast her eyes favorably upon me. … Continue reading Mark Lawrence On Writing
I dedicate this post to those who love reading short stories and to those who love writing them (including this writer). I'm reblogging an article from ScreenCraft about why short stories make such great movies. On top of that, and as a way of confirming the above, a producer friend of a friend explained that short … Continue reading The Awesome Power of Short Fiction
A quick interlude. My regular "Art of Fantasy" post will follow in a few minutes. I discovered an oldish speech by J.K. Rowling on the "Benefits of Failure" and her explanation of how rock bottom can serve as a solid foundation resonated deeply with me as a writer, and for that reason, I am sharing … Continue reading Interlude: The Benefits of Failure by J.K. Rowling